engaged tone

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of engaged tone

chiefly British
: a sound that tells a caller on a telephone that the line is already in use
  • I keep getting the engaged tone.

Word by Word Definitions

engaged play
  1. : involved in activity : occupied, busy

  2. : pledged to be married : betrothed

  3. : greatly interested : committed

tone play
  1. : vocal or musical sound of a specific quality

  2. : a sound of definite pitch and vibration

  3. : whole step

  1. : to impart tone to : strengthen

  2. : to soften or reduce in intensity, color, appearance, or sound : mellow

  3. : to change the normal silver image of (something, such as a photographic print) into a colored image


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